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July 19, 2013

Volt Owners Exceeding EPA Electric-Driving Estimates

Chevrolet-Volt-Electric-Driving-miles-infographic“Your mileage may vary,” says the familiar disclaimer, and it’s not often a vehicle delivers better fuel economy than originally promised. However, according to a recent release from Chevrolet, many Volt owners are not only consistently achieving the published EPA-estimated mileage of its 98 MPGe gasoline-free mile estimates, many are even exceeding it.

MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) is a measure of the average distance traveled per unit of energy consumed. The EPA uses it to compare the consumption of alternative fuel vehicles, plug-in electric vehicles, and other advanced technology vehicles with the fuel economy of conventional internal combustion vehicles expressed as miles per U.S. gallon of gasoline.

The typical Volt owner who regularly charges the vehicle is traveling as many as 900 miles between fill-ups of the gasoline engine that powers the Volt’s on-board generator. That avoids about $1,300 a year at the pump. Their experience contributes to an out-of-this-world total of 150 million electric-powered Volt driving miles – roughly the distance from Earth to Mars. 

Chevrolet-Volt-National-PlugIn-Day-DetroitThe only vehicle of its type currently on sale, the Volt is not your typical hybrid powertrain. Known as an extended-range electric vehicle, or EREV for short, the Volt can drive gas and tailpipe-emissions free for the first 38 miles using a full charge of electricity stored in its 16.50-kWh lithium-ion battery. When the Volt’s battery runs low, a gas-powered generator seamlessly operates to extend the driving range up to another 344 miles on a full tank.

In fact, according to Chevrolet’s statistics, some drivers are all but avoiding gasoline.


Brent Waldrep of Auburn Hills, Michigan, has driven more than 23,500 miles in his Volt in 21 months, and has only had to go to a gas station twice.
“I’ve driven more than 23,500 miles in my Volt in 21 months, and have been to a gas station twice,” said Brent Waldrep of Auburn Hills, Michigan. “The last time, was in August (2012), and I still have about 65 percent of that tank left. I go about 9,000-10,000 miles between fill ups.”


Waldrep may not be typical, but he is not alone. “We’ve seen and heard from our Volt owners that they are achieving fantastic performance numbers with their vehicle as many are beating the EPA label estimates,” said Cristi Landy, Chevrolet Volt marketing director. “Our Volt owners are showing the performance potential of driving electric, and having fun doing it.”  

“It’s been more than 5,000 miles and I’ve only filled up once not including the dealer fill,” said Larry Read of Canyon Lake, Texas.


Paul Friday of San Jose, California, is one of many Volt owners showing the benefits of driving electric. He gets approximately 7,000 miles between fill ups.
Another Chevy Volt Owner, Paul Friday of San Jose, California, says he gets about 7,000 miles between fill-ups and adds about three gallons of gas to his Volt every three months.


More results from Volt owners can be found at

According to Chevrolet press reports, Volt owners have been the most satisfied of any in the entire industry for the past two years with more than nine in 10 telling a major consumer publication they would buy another Volt.  

Do you drive a Chevrolet Volt? What kind of fuel economy are you seeing? And have you noticed a change in your electric bill? Please share your opinions in our comments section, or at the AskPatty Facebook page



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